Thursday, July 18, 2013

Carved Watermelon Birthday Cake plus a Giveaway.


There are only a few people in my family that like cake. This makes it challenging when birthdays come along, but you know me, I am always up to the task. Ten years ago our Russian exchange student was turning 17, and like many teenage girls, was dieting. She could eat fruit for every meal, so I decided to make her a watermelon birthday cake. 


I wish I could find a picture of my first attempt at a watermelon birthday cake. It sure didn't look anything like the beautifully carved fruit pictured above. I'm pretty sure I cut a watermelon in half and wrote "Happy Birthday" using chocolate chips then added some sparklers on top. It wasn't great, but she loved it. 


So, how, might you ask, did I come to create the much prettier version of a watermelon cake? With the help of fruit and vegetable carver, Nita Gill. Year's ago, she also created her first watermelon cake (center image) for a birthday party and so began her journey to become a highly skilled food carver. 

Nita has created so many exquisite carvings over the years and lucky for us, she shares her skills through instructional videos and tutorials. I asked Nita, if I could watch her lesson on carving watermelon birthday cakes and share my experience with you. She happily agreed. 

Nita's lessons are easy to follow and very detailed. She shows exactly how to use the special carving tools to make a cake in your home kitchen. I spent an afternoon watching the video and carving alongside Nita. It was nice to be able to rewind and watch things several times. 


Now, I'm not going to lie, this didn't go without hiccups. When I cut into my watermelon, I noticed that the red part wasn't very round. I attempted to make the cake, but it was a triangle instead of a circle. It looked terrible. So, I went back to the store, to pick a nice round fruit. Actually I got several, just to be safe. 

I cut into my second watermelon, and it was perfect. Whew! 

I learned quickly that when cutting a straight line through a watermelon it requires a steady hand and a good, long, sharp knife. Once I got my cuts even and my watermelon level, I followed along with Nita and easily carved the base and the top border of the cake. 

The challenge came in creating the draped pieces of white rind. My first few looked terrible. I think I re-watched the video six times before finally getting the hang of it.  The good news, is that the ugly swags can just be put to the back of the cake. The ones in front, look pretty good. 

Nita encourages you to practice with one cake before attempting to make one for an actual birthday party. I agree. I'm confident that if I carve another cake it will look much better, but I'm happy with my first attempt.


Next time, I'll try my hand at Nita's other designs including carving watermelon flowers. She teaches this technique in her Watermelon Cakes #2 video

You too can create these wonderful cakes by following along with Nita's watermelon carving videos. Everyone can easily access a free video class by using the link below.

Get Your Free Easy Watermelon Cake Lesson



One lucky reader will even win a copy of Watermelon Cakes #1 and Watermelon Cakes #2 Instructional Videos along with a set of carving tools. You can enter to win by using the Rafflecopter below. 




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Rules: Giveaway begins 7/18/2013 and runs through 7/25/13. If you have trouble leaving a comment, you can send your entry to beth@hungryhappenings.com and I will add your comment. Winner to be drawn at random from all valid entries. Entrants must reside in the United States and be over 18 years of age. (I'm so sorry to all of my world wide readers. Hosting an international contest has become too difficult due to all of the laws around the world.) Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. Odds of winning are based on the total number of valid entries (maximum of five entries per person.) Winner will be notified and have 48 hours to respond. If the winner doesn't respond in that time frame, another winner will be chosen. This contest is in no way sponsored by Facebook or Pinterest. 

I did receive free products and affiliate commissions from Nita Gill's Vegetable and Fruit Carving for writing this post, but all opinions expressed here are mine. 

42 comments:

  1. Wow Beth! You know how much we love to carve watermelon & I just love your cake! Great for kids with allergies as well!

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  2. I have a zig zag pampered chef cutter that I use to cut vegetables, but I don't know that I'd consider that carving! Yikes! This does look intriguing though!

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  3. Super job on the watermelon cake - I've never done a carving and would like
    to give it a try, although, it may look more like the one you described for
    your first attempt!

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  4. I've used a zig zag pampered chef cutter, but never done any real fruit or veggie carving. I'm intrigued!

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  5. I haven't been brave enough to try carving anything!

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  6. WOW what a gorgeous watermelon cake!!! I have never carved anything and I'd love to try it!

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  7. Love the watermelon cake! I would love to learn on how to make it!

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  8. The only thing I've ever carved is a pumpkin and it didn't look so good! :)

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  9. I've only carved a watermelon to make a fruit bowl.
    garynonnemacher@ Comcast.net

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  10. Uh...no. Unless using an ice cream scoop counts. Come to think of it, I may have tried the watermelon basket years ago....not successfully though!

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  11. Beautiful! As a raw vegan, ive gotta learn this skill!

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  12. this is fantastic. When I was young, I always helped my dad carve a watermelon basket for parties. but i have never done anything on my own. Makes me niss my dad thinking about it.
    thanks for the chance, mary
    ladefly@aol dot com

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  13. hmmmm, I think I tried to make a watermelon fruit basket once but I don't think it went very well! No one in my family (except me) likes cake but the all (again, except me) love watermelon! This would be fabulous for their birthdays!

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  14. Heather: these are sooooo pretty hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  15. I tried carving an apple to resemble a Turkey.

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  16. I've carved a very simple watermelon basket for fruit salad before, nothing fancy.

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  17. I've never carved fruit

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  18. Last time I cut up a watermelon I gave it a shot, but it didn't turn into anything.

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  19. I have carved the face pumpkins, but nothing as intricate as you. Your Watermelons are gorgeous !!

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  20. Not too good at carving but I could learn....

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  21. I've made strawberry fans and carved pumpkins oh and radish roses. I've always wants to be able to carve amazing fruit like those watermelons.

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  22. This looks amazing Beth, you make it look so easy. I wish I could do that.

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  23. Those look AMAZING!!

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  24. Those cakes look AMAZING!!

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  25. I haven't carved any fruit yet, but I'd love to try!

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  26. I didn't carve any fruits or vegetables but did make a bouquet of fruit using skewers and cookie cutters!!

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  27. I have never carved a fruit or vegetable, but I'd be willing to try!

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  28. I found this sight by chance and just love it , would love to win the tools and get started

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  29. found this carving sight by chance and just love it wish i could aford the lessons and tools .......great ideas

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  30. I don't remember ever carving fruits, but I think I've done a few radishes as flowers. It's been a long time

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  31. I've always wanted to spend some time on fruit carving. This would be the best prize!!

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  32. amazing what you do with a watermelon

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  33. amazing what you do with a watermelon

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  34. We gave our daughter watermelon "cake" at her first birthday party because we didn't let her eat sweets yet. Yours is so much prettier.

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  35. I've never carved any fruit, but would love to learn!

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  36. I've never carved any fruit, but would love to learn!

    -Christina C.

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  37. Who would have thought?? Great ideas and they are very pretty!

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  38. Really amazing and such a great, healthy cake! I need to make a try:)

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  39. Wow, this looks so amazing! Such a great and healthy idea for a birthday cake. I need to make a try!

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  40. I don't eat a lot of fruits but this wil make me. I would this for my birthday.

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  41. Awesome work! Nice Post . its looking so beautiful. vegetable and fruit carving is considered one of the main forms of art in india.

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